Ray Pearl

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Ray Pearl
Ray Pearl.jpg
Former candidate for
Board member, Las Virgenes Unified School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Master'sUniversity of Washington
ProfessionNon-profit executive director
Campaign website
Ray Pearl was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education that was defeated in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Ray Pearl is a non-profit executive director and has lived in Agoura Hills since 1998. He is married to his wife Torreh and they have three children that attend Las Virgenes Unified schools. Pearl formerly served in the Navy and earned his Bachelor's degree form UCLA and his Master's degree from the University of Washington. Pearl is an active volunteer in the community for organizations such as AYSO and White Oak Elementary School PFC[1]


See also: Las Virgenes Unified School District elections (2013)

Ray Pearl ran against four other candidates for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Lesli Stein, Angela Cutbill and Mary Jo Ammon were elected to the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education. However, Dallas B. Lawrence received the most votes from Westlake Village, a precinct that counts its votes separately, and finished 3rd in the election.

Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLesli Stein 25.4% 2,549
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Cutbill 22% 2,212
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Jo Ammon 19.5% 1,958
     Nonpartisan Dallas B. Lawrence 18.4% 1,846
     Nonpartisan Ray Pearl 14.7% 1,481
Total Votes 10,046
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


Ray Pearl did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


Ray Pearl received official endorsements from current LVUSD Board member David Moorman, the mayor of Calabasas, and the mayor of Agoura Hills. His full list of endorsements is available on her campaign website.[3]

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the President and Board Clerk. Incumbent President Lesli Stein filed seeking re-election.


Implementation of Common Core

$2.2 million was awarded to Las Virgenes Unified School District in order to prepare for the implementation of Common Core. The district may spend on teacher training, technology and instructional materials before the Common Core takes effect in 2014. Some parents in the district are concerned because the STAR system of pupil evaluation had been used to determine placement into honors and advanced programs in the district. Assistant Superintendent Mary Schillinger said "Given the short runway for gearing up to the Common Core State Standards, and the significant shifts in the focus of the new standards, transition needs to begin this year. This cannot fully occur if there continues to be accountability to the current standards and STAR. Doing away with STAR in math, English/language arts, and social studies gives the green light for implementation of the common core state standards and the associated shifts in instruction."[4]

About the district

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Las Virgenes School District is located in Western Los Angeles County, California in Calabasas, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 23,058 residents.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Calabasas (%) California (%)
White 83.9 57.6
Black or African American 1.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.0
Asian 8.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.4
Two or More Races 4.0 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 37.6


Calabasas outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Calabasas was $118,182 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 64.8% of Calabasas residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Calabasas was 6.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 97.1% of Calabasas residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[7]

See also

Las Virgenes Unified School District, California
Las Virgenes Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

Suggest a link

Las Virgenes Unified School District website
Campaign website